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To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:28am

Negative feedback is supposed to be good for us, but it sure doesn't feel so good. Shifting the context by thinking more broadly helps blunt the sting, a study found. So does embracing change.

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Why Don't Ants Need A Leader?

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:11am

The world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no one is in charge. They communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive.

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After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:56am

Launched shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Hubble telescope isn't showing its age. Astronomers and other fans hope this old charmer will be useful for many years to come.

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'That's What Hubble Can See': A Tribute To The Space Telescope

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR has this tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope — a parody of Iggy Azalea's "Trouble."

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Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years In Space

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Friday marks 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. Astrophysicist and NPR blogger, Adam Frank, celebrates what it's shown us.

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Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:56pm

Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.

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Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:13am

A doctor-scientist's long quest to help children with a rare form of brain cancer has led to the discovery that high levels of brain activity can make glioma tumors grow faster.

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Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:06am

By editing the genes in embryos in the lab, Chinese scientists showed that it's possible to change hereditary traits that cause a blood disorder. But the work also created unintended mutations.

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Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:29am

They tried a technique for editing DNA to change the genes in a human embryo. This is very controversial. The scientists say they did it to see if they could fix a gene that causes a blood disorder.

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Fruit Growers Try Tricking Mother Nature To Prevent Crop Damage

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:22am

In Michigan's orchard country, extreme heat and cold can mean disaster for fruit growers. Now some are using a new twist on old technology to fool trees when sudden, unexpected weather changes occur.

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Visiting The Everglades, Obama Takes Swipe At Climate Change Deniers

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:51pm

"Climate change can no longer be denied," Obama said. "It can't be edited out. It can't be omitted from the conversation. And action can no longer be delayed."

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Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:36pm

Two new studies published in the journal Nature point to a connection between a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids and a decline in bee health. What's bad for bees is bad for crops, too.

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White House Climate Change Policy Faces Legal Hurdle

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:31pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Brian Deese, President Obama's senior adviser in charge of climate policy, about the Obama administration's push new restrictions around power plant emissions.

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Why Do Mosquitoes Like To Bite You Best? It's In Your Genes

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:08pm

Researchers set hungry mosquitoes loose on identical and fraternal twins. They found that inherited genes do play a role in making you a mosquito magnet.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:31pm

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

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Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:14am

Doctors, it turns out, often don't follow evidence-based guidelines in their practice of medicine. Scientists who study this contrariness think they know why.

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5 Million Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:09pm

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.

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Five Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:55pm

An effort is underway to figure out how the BP oil spill harmed the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The damage may not be as dire as feared, but researchers say it's too soon to know the long-term impacts.

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Researchers Fly Over Shale Fields To Study Air Pollution

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:42pm

This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is flying an airborne research lab over oil and gas producing states.

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President Obama To Visit Everglades National Park On Earth Day

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:42pm

President Obama will honor Earth Day Wednesday by visiting the Florida Everglades, an area greatly affected by climate change. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Florida International University ecologist Evelyn Gaiser about what damage has already been done to the region.

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